President's Award

This award, selected at the discretion of the State Bar President, is given to an individual who has contributed enormous effort toward the furtherance of the president's goals and priorities during the president's term in office.

2015 Recipients

Schmitt, Bob

ROBERT E. SCHMITT has been practicing law primarily in the rural Arizona counties since graduating from ASU Law School in 1973. Born and raised in Yuma, he returned in 1973 and lived there until 1993, when he moved to Prescott to join up with his friend, Mike Murphy. Their firm, now known as “Murphy, Schmitt, Hathway & Wilson”, enjoys a statewide reputation.

Bob has served the State Bar in a multitude of roles, including serving on the Board of Governors and as Bar President in 1992. He has also served on the Committee on Character and Fitness, Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, Professional Liability Insurance Committee, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Specialty Certification Advisory Commission and is currently a member of the Client Protection Fund Board. Bob has served as a member of the faculty of the Arizona College of Trial Advocacy since 1987.

In 1995, Bob was named the State Bar’s “Member of the Year” and in 2011 he was chosen to receive the “Walter E. Craig Distinguished Service Award."

Although Bob loves his profession, his greatest love is for his family. Bob and his “first wife,” Dianne, will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary this year. They have five wonderful children and 15 incredible grandchildren.


WILLIAM C. PORTER served in the Army JAG in Vietnam and also as a military judge in Europe. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Arizona. His professional career accomplishments include Kingman City Magistrate; General Counsel for the Kingman Regional Medical Center; Mohave County Bar Treasurer 1977-1995; Mohave County Bar CLE Officer 2009-current; State Bar of Arizona Peer Review Committee; and Co-Chair Arizona Supreme Court Task Force on Indigent Representation. William has served his community, Arizona, and his fraternity in a multitude of leadership positions including: Chairman, High School Board; National Vice President West Care Foundation; President, Colorado River Region Youth Shelter; President, Kathryn Heidenreich Adult Center; President, Mohave County Historical Society; President, Kingman Rotary Club; District Governor of Rotary District; President, Arizona Historical Society; President, Arizona State History Convention 1992-2010; Chairman, Arizona State Parks Board; and National President, Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity. He has been honored with the Frank X. Gordon, Jr. Award for Excellence in Practice of Law by the Mohave County Bar Association and the Al Merito Award, which is Arizona's Highest Award for Contribution to History, by the Arizona Historical Society. He is the father of four children.



Previous Recipients   

The award has been presented to:

2002     Janet Napolitano
Hon. Robert B. Van Wyck
Hon. Barry C. Schneider
2003 Craig Y. Fujii
Danny R. Ortega, Jr.
Neal Kurn
Barry Wong
Michael R. Rooney
Richard H. Whitney
2004 Art Hailton
Kathleen A. Mayer
Thomas M. Thompson
2005 Colleen A. Lomax, Esq.
Hon. Rebecca A. Albrecht
Paul Bennett
Edward F. Novak
2006 Diane L. Drain
Jenae R. Naumann
Michael L. Walker
Rawuel Centeno-Fequiere
David B. Rosenbaum
2007 Michael L. Gallagher
Michael Allen Berch
2008 Herbert I. Zinn
Mari I. Valenzuela
Sal J. Rivera
Larry J. Cohen
John W. Rogers
William G. Klain
2009 Pamela A. Treadwell-Rubin
Patrick J. McGroder III
Jessica Gifford Funkhouser
2010 Saji Vettiyil
Brigadier General Richard Gregg Maxon
2011 Maret Vessella
Amy K. Rehm
2012 Senator Jon Kyl
Alan P. Bayham, Jr
2013 Hon. Janet Napolitano
Lawrence F. Winthrop
2014 Patricia Lee Refo